Regular season greatness
November 27, 2018
Every time Metro hosts Houston, the TV network (usually MSG) flashes a graphic saying that the Dynamo has never beaten RBNY at Red Bull Arena. And an announcer (usually Steve Cangialosi) often makes a comment that the fact is true if one is talking about the regular season, whereas in reality, Houston defeated Metro in the playoffs in 2013. Same situation with New England and 2014. Montreal and 2015. Sigh.
Oh, the regular season! When Bradley Wright-Phillips his his 100th goal against DC, he was lauded, even though he hit 100 in all competitions at the tail end of last year... against Toronto in the playoffs. Metro lost that one too, however. (The series, not the game.)
Metro has been absolutely fantastic in the regular season ever since Red Bull Arena opened. Three Supporters Shields in six years (under three different coaches), and two other top-of-the-East finishes say it all. But this is MLS, where the regular season, as much as keeps the stranglehold on all league records, is just a prefix to what really matters: the playoffs. For better of for worse. For Metro, usually for worse.
So as we face this do-or-die game versus Atlanta (face it, it's quite likely to end in die), we wish we could take pause and appreciate all that Metro had done: turn in the greatest regular season in league history.
Alas, it doesn't look like the greatness is extending to the playoffs...